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Libby App: eBooks and Audiobooks Overview: Learn how to use the Libby app to download eBooks and Audiobooks from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Student Skill Level: Intermediate Requirements: Valid B&ECPL Library card An Apple, Android or Windows device and any usernames and passwords associated with it Objectives: Become familiar with: o Setting up the Libby App o Browsing for eBooks and Audiobooks o Searching for eBooks and Audiobooks o Placing a Hold o Borrowing an eBook or Audiobook o Shelf: Your Loans and Holds o Renewing an Item o Returning an Item Early o Setting Preferences o Menu Options Revised 11-20-18
To see a list of upcoming computer classes go to: www.buffalolib.org/content/computer-training or call (716) 858-8900.
2 of 12 Libby App FAQ What is Libby? Libby is a new app from OverDrive for eBooks and Audiobooks. Does Libby replace the OverDrive app? Not at this time. Can a user use both the OverDrive app and Libby at the same time? Yes, but it is recommended to use one or the other for the best experience because the apps are not fully synced. What features are not available in Libby? Libby is still being developed in order to offer important features like accessibility and multilingual support. If you require and/or enjoy these features, the OverDrive app is recommended for now. How do I access this app? Download this app on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or the Microsoft Store. You can search for it in the store using the term “Libby”. What are the compatibility requirements for Libby? Apple devices: iOS 9.0 or later Android devices: OS 4.4 and up Windows devices: OS Windows 10
Setting up the Libby App Make sure you have your library card out before starting the set up! Once you have downloaded the Libby app from the Apple App store, Google Play store, or Windows Store, tap on the app to open it.
Libby will welcome you and ask if you have a library card, click Yes. Choose Yes, Guess My Library and it will search, based on your location, which library is nearest you.
3 of 12 The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (or your local branch) should appear. Tap This Is My Library.
It will then ask you if you chose to read on a Kindle or in Libby. Choose I’ll Mostly Read In Libby.
Tap on Enter Library Account Details and then enter your library card number and tap Sign In.
When you see this message, tap Next and you are ready to start using Libby!
4 of 12 Browse for eBooks and Audiobooks To browse for eBooks or Audiobooks, tap on Explore on the green bar in middle of the screen.
Note the Guides and options to see What’s New?, What’s Popular? or What’s Available?.
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Tap on Subjects and you will see a variety of categories listed.
Tap on Spotlights and you will see a curated, alphabetized list of topics.
Search for eBooks and Audiobooks To search for a particular eBook or Audiobook, tap Search For A Book… in the upper left corner of the home screen, next to the magnifying glass icon. You can begin typing an author name or book title. For more options, tap on More Options (located under Cancel).
Example search: Type Stephen King in the search field.
Notice that as you typed “Stephen” it displayed other possible matches to what you are searching for. You can go ahead and tap Stephen King in the list.
6 of 12 A page displaying all of the matches for “Stephen King” appears. Scroll down the page to see a combination of eBooks and Audiobooks. Note that some have the option to Place Hold and others have the option to Borrow.
TIP: Tap on Refine to narrow down the results, such as Format then Audiobooks to show Audiobook results only.
To identify which results are eBooks and Audiobooks, note the earbud icon on the cover of the book on the left.
7 of 12 Place a Hold Locate an eBook or Audiobook that gives the option to place a hold. Tap Place Hold next to the book cover.
TIP: Tap on the book cover or book title to view more information about the book.
Enter your email address and tap Place Hold! It will then prompt the next screen confirming that you have placed a hold. Tap Edit Hold to check how you will be notified, along with other options. Tap Keep Browsing if you would like to look for more items to borrow/hold. You will receive an email when your hold is available.
8 of 12 Borrow an eBook or Audiobook Locate an eBook or Audiobook that gives the option to borrow. Tap Borrow next to the book cover.
Then tap Borrow! On the next screen, it will confirm that you have borrowed the book.
Tap here to change your loan period.
Tap Read Book to begin reading your eBook. If it is an Audiobook, tap Play Audiobook.
9 of 12 Shelf: Your Loans and Holds Tap the word Shelf to the right of the Libby image on the bottom of your screen to see what items you have borrowed or placed on hold.
Tap Loans to see what items you have borrowed along with their due dates. Tap Holds to see if you have any items placed on hold. Tap Wait List or tap the book cover for more information including how many copies there are of the book and how many holds are on each copy.
Tap Library to search for more items.
10 of 12 Renew a Book If there are no holds from other patrons for the book you are currently reading, you have the option to renew it. Tap on Shelf at the bottom of the screen to see your loans.
Tap on Manage Loan or the book cover under Loans.
Then tap on Renew Loan and you will have the option to renew for 7 or 14 Days from the date of the renewal.
Return an Item Early If you are done with your item ahead of the due date, you have the option to return it early if there are others waiting to borrow it. Repeat the same steps for Renewing a Book, and when you land on the book information page, tap Return Loan to Library.
11 of 12 Set Preferences You can apply certain preferences to your Libby app to find relevant content. Tap Preferences inside the green bar on the center of the screen.
Choose from the options such as format, availability, sorting by, language and audience. Tap Apply Preferences if you made any changes.
If you make a change, the white plus sign next to the word Preferences, will change to a number representing how many preferences you have applied.
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Menu Options Tap the Libby logo on the upper right corner of your screen for a pull out menu.
To customize Libby, tap Set Up Libby.
Tap Choose Download Behavior to choose if you would like your items to download automatically and whether you want them downloaded only using a Wi-Fi connection. To send hold notices, tap Edit All Holds to enter your email address and choose if you would like to borrow holds automatically. Then tap Update Existing Holds. Tap on the teal arrow above the Libby logo to go back to the previous menu.
There are some great resources to get help with Libby right in the app. If you tap on Learn Libby, it will display a menu of features to demonstrate for you. Tap on Help & Support for the link to go directly to Libby’s help site.